Twin Peaks defendant welcomes Reyna’s testimony, attorney says
An Arlington lawyer said Thursday his client welcomes an opportunity to have McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna testify at an open hearing set for March 1.
Gary D. Smart, who represents Raymond Hawes, III, has filed a motion to recuse Reyna, and he says 11 other lawyers who represent bikers have also filed motions seeking Reyna's dismissal from prosecuting still more Twin Peaks trials.
Smart said his, and several other similar motions, are set for hearing before 19th District Judge Ralph Strother on March 1 and any testimony offered that day could involve both current and former prosecutors and police officers.
Smart said his motion is a carbon copy of one filed two weeks ago that eventually resulted in dismissal of several Twin Peaks cases and, he said, he is hopeful for the same outcome for his client.
Hawes is among more than 155 motorcycle club members who were indicted in the wake of the Twin Peaks restaurant biker brawl that left nine dead and more than two dozen injured on May 17, 2915.
"I anticipate Mr. Reyna coming up with some reason why we can have that hearing because he does not want to testify," Smart said in a telephone interview on Thursday.
Strong, in his statement, said: "District Attorney Abelino Reyna issued a press statement saying that he was 'looking forward to testifying' regarding the allegations against him in the Twin Peaks cases (and) he will soon be given his wish."
Reyna declined comment.
“I see no reason to respond to the petty political smear efforts of Mr. Smart or any other Biker Gang Defense Lawyers. I will say that each case will be reviewed consistent with my statement issued on February 8, 2018.," he said in an email to KWTX.
On Feb. 8, after seeking the dismissal of charges against 13 bikers indicted for engaging in organized crime and dropping charges against eight others who weren’t indicted, Reyna issued a statement in which he said: "As district attorney, my sole driving force is to see that justice is served for the good people of McLennan County."
"While the arrest and indictments of these individuals was soundly based in the law, I have made the decision to dismiss these matters in order to focus our attention on defendants even more culpable in the Twin Peaks violence," he said.
"This effort to narrow our focus has been ongoing since the trial that took place last fall. While the result of the trial was not what we desired, the information gleaned through trial was invaluable in our continued investigation of these matters."